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momx2
06-01-2009, 07:20 PM
We stayed 6 nights at SSR in December and are here now for 4 nights sandwiched between BWV and AKV and I just love it here. I read all the negative things about SSR here, but there is just something that I can't put my finger on that I absolutely love. We are recent members, buying AKV last summer. We have stayed at BCV, BWV and SSR and Animal Kingdom Lodge (not DVC) along with various other resorts, but I just think SSR feels so homey or something, I don't know:confused3. I love the Grandstand area and so do the kids and it is so peaceful on the balcony.

There are things I like better at other resorts, but SSR just gets me and I'm afraid I'm missing the bad. Someone please tell me the bad before I add on! We are here until Thursday and then move on to AKV Jambo, maybe I'll fall in love there????:confused3

tjhsr
06-01-2009, 07:30 PM
your not crazy:goodvibes we went to VB for 3 nights in may then over to SSR for 7 nights. DW wife looks at me and says you have such a big smile on your face. she knew i was so happy to be there. 14 trips and we love it. so no your not crazy :thumbsup2

Brian Noble
06-01-2009, 07:35 PM
Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors for a reason...enjoy what you enjoy, and don't worry about whether or not others do as well.

oakmanner
06-01-2009, 07:52 PM
You're totally sane...SSR is an awesome resort, don't apoligize for liking it!:thumbsup2

dizney4us
06-01-2009, 07:52 PM
There is something about SSR. Perhaps it is the peacefulness of the place, it almost reminds me of a little town all on it's own, located near the happiest place on earth. :lovestruc

DiznyDi
06-01-2009, 08:02 PM
Nope, not crazy! :scared:
We love it, too! :love:

DisDaydreamer
06-01-2009, 08:21 PM
We stayed 6 nights at SSR in December and are here now for 4 nights sandwiched between BWV and AKV and I just love it here. I read all the negative things about SSR here, but there is just something that I can't put my finger on that I absolutely love. We are recent members, buying AKV last summer. We have stayed at BCV, BWV and SSR and Animal Kingdom Lodge (not DVC) along with various other resorts, but I just think SSR feels so homey or something, I don't know:confused3. I love the Grandstand area and so do the kids and it is so peaceful on the balcony.

There are things I like better at other resorts, but SSR just gets me and I'm afraid I'm missing the bad. Someone please tell me the bad before I add on! We are here until Thursday and then move on to AKV Jambo, maybe I'll fall in love there????:confused3

:goodvibes It is really cool when you connect with a resort... Sooo glad you have had this experience. Nothing beats feeling like you know your home.
:beach:

BroganMc
06-01-2009, 08:56 PM
There are things I like better at other resorts, but SSR just gets me and I'm afraid I'm missing the bad. Someone please tell me the bad before I add on! We are here until Thursday and then move on to AKV Jambo, maybe I'll fall in love there????:confused3

Stay far away from the Treehouse Villas. Don't even think about following that walkway by building 92xx. If you do, you'll be a goner for sure.

:rotfl:

Seriously, I'm the wrong person to answer that question. SSR is my home away from home. I even dream about getting up early and taking a long stroll around those grounds.

Are the crepe myrtles in bloom on the walkway by the Grandstand pool? If there's a heaven, I'm convinced that's what it looks like.

Chic
06-01-2009, 09:02 PM
My family owns at Saratoga Springs but we typically book another resort to be close to the Magic Kingdom or EPCOT. This past December, we were unable to change to another resort at the 7 month window and had to stay at SSR. Before the trip, I was convinced that I would hate SSR. Much to my surprise, we fell in love with the resort. We had a room in the Springs section, which we requested, and loved the close location to the main pool, fitness center and the Artist's Palette. I was amazed at the cleanliness of the grounds. I swear I believe Disney has some hidden outdoor air fresheners at this resort. It actually smells spotless! There really appears to be an aroma in the air which smells like pine. Maybe it's the body lotion coming from the spa! The bus service was excellent too. I am convinced that this resort is a winner and people should ignore the negative posts from others who dislike the resort. We have added more points at SSR three times and plan to do so again in the near future.

Deb & Bill
06-01-2009, 09:05 PM
...I even dream about getting up early and taking a long stroll around those grounds.

Are the crepe myrtles in bloom on the walkway by the Grandstand pool? If there's a heaven, I'm convinced that's what it looks like.

We were at SSR for one night last week and thought it was wonderful. And we got up early before we had to leave to go to MK for breakfast and did that morning stroll on the grounds. It was great.

kikiq
06-01-2009, 09:09 PM
You're not crazy. My DH loves SSR and has ever since we first walked the grounds. I'm not saying that you won't also love AKV, but SSR will be calling you back :goodvibes

Monorail Purple&Gold
06-01-2009, 09:28 PM
If being crazy means liking SSR...count us in that crazy group too!

Disney_Villain
06-01-2009, 09:35 PM
Count us in as well!

We turned down buying AKV in favor of adding on at SSR (twice!) after our OKW contract. Not that AKV is bad (it really is pretty), but SSR really does it for us.

PurpleTurtle
06-01-2009, 10:14 PM
We really enjoyed SSR, too! My DH fell in love as soon as he walked into our 2BR. We'll definitely be staying there again sometime.

ACDSNY
06-02-2009, 12:26 AM
So far SSR is still our favorite at WDW, can't wait to try the THV in Nov, love the peace and quiet after all the noise everywhere else you go in WDW.

Now I think the VGC will be our all-time favorite as we go there more often so it really feels like our second home.

rentayenta
06-02-2009, 12:33 AM
DH and I :lovestruc SSR the second we arrived for our DVC tour. :thumbsup2 We cannot wait to stay there. And the Treehouses, color me stoked! :cloud9:

Sammie
06-02-2009, 01:03 AM
Well if you are you have plenty of company, including me. Love the place.:thumbsup2

tomandrobin
06-02-2009, 06:20 AM
We have loved Saratoga Springs since the day we toured the model.

It is our favorite resort, by a mile.

We did just visit Kidani Village and the new section moved up the list to second now.

justjudy
06-02-2009, 06:28 AM
We stayed at SSR in January and fell in love with it too! I'll stay there any time!!

Cee
06-02-2009, 07:06 AM
Absolutely love it. You'll get no arguments from me. :goodvibes

momx2
06-02-2009, 07:16 AM
I guess I'll have plenty of company in the asylum!:lmao:

The weird thing is I did not like SSR when I did the tour. I thought it too spread out and didn't like the furniture..confused3 Then when we stayed here in December, I loved it. I might have a different opinion if I got stuck in the Carasoual section though. I still think that was an ill-planned section, but I love the Grandstands. I know some love the Springs and some love Congress (we were actually put in Congress and I asked to be moved which they could do), but this area is perfect for my family.

DDs are still sleeping, breakfast casserole in the oven, DH playing an early 9 holes at Oak Trail and me with my coffee and the Dis at SSR...pretty close to heaven.:cloud9:

december14disney
06-02-2009, 09:19 AM
my fiance and I stayed on our developer points and totally fell in love with SSR. It is so peaceful and serene. I would book there in a heartbeat again. We saw a family of otters running around one day! It was like a scene from a movie. We LOVED SSR! :thumbsup2

conciergekelly
06-02-2009, 11:09 AM
It was love at first sight!:lovestruc

5forDiz
06-02-2009, 11:31 AM
Momx2 SSR is your HAPPY PLACE:yay: !!! I'm so glad for you ! SSR is a wonderful resort and I understand completely what you mean - we feel this way about our OKW home :love: - - it's the best feeling when a resort just "speaks" to you & you know you are home. We were considering add-on at BLT (still may, not sure yet) but THVs really have swayed us over to SSR so looks like we'll addon at SSR first :goodvibes

Have a great trip :)

Ms. WDW
06-02-2009, 12:29 PM
Of course you're not crazy!! We love it there too!

I was a little concerned when we first purchased there because we actually had never been to the property. And I'll admit; all those bashing threads had me a little worried. But the minute we arrived we were quite taken. And it's been "love" ever since! :lovestruc

Chellymouse
06-02-2009, 03:23 PM
We've only stayed at SSR since we've owned which is going on 2 years now and while we are curious about other resorts, we really do love SSR. I'm certain that each resort has it's nuances, but we do love SSR. It's nice being able to walk to DTD (we have been fortunate enough to always stay in CP) and everything is generally only a 10 minute bus ride.

LUVDISNEE1974
06-02-2009, 03:36 PM
Have me committed cause I'm as crazy as they come.:cool1: :banana:

JaxDisneyFans
06-02-2009, 03:42 PM
Count me as one of the nuts. We LOVE SSR. We have stayed at several of the other DVCs, just to see what the "must stay there or else" fuss is all about, but we just find ourselves wanting to be at SSR or OKW (our other favorite). SSR is beautiful and we always have a great time.

*KeepMovingForward*
06-02-2009, 05:49 PM
There are things I like better at other resorts, but SSR just gets me and I'm afraid I'm missing the bad. Someone please tell me the bad before I add on! We are here until Thursday and then move on to AKV Jambo, maybe I'll fall in love there????:confused3

Your not missing the bad. Everyone has different wants/needs from their DVC and gives more weight to the things that matter to them. If your not seeing the bad, then SSR is for you! I love that there is something for everyone with DVC. :goodvibes

Dean
06-02-2009, 07:23 PM
We stayed 6 nights at SSR in December and are here now for 4 nights sandwiched between BWV and AKV and I just love it here. I read all the negative things about SSR here, but there is just something that I can't put my finger on that I absolutely love. We are recent members, buying AKV last summer. We have stayed at BCV, BWV and SSR and Animal Kingdom Lodge (not DVC) along with various other resorts, but I just think SSR feels so homey or something, I don't know:confused3. I love the Grandstand area and so do the kids and it is so peaceful on the balcony.

There are things I like better at other resorts, but SSR just gets me and I'm afraid I'm missing the bad. Someone please tell me the bad before I add on! We are here until Thursday and then move on to AKV Jambo, maybe I'll fall in love there????:confused3Your not crazy, it's a nice resort. It's not at the top (actually at the bottom) of the WDW DVC resorts for us but that doesn't make it bad. Plus your feelings are your own, just enjoy it.

toocherie
06-02-2009, 07:41 PM
It actually smells spotless! There really appears to be an aroma in the air which smells like pine. Maybe it's the body lotion coming from the spa! The bus service was excellent too. I am convinced that this resort is a winner and people should ignore the negative posts from others who dislike the resort. We have added more points at SSR three times and plan to do so again in the near future.

The aroma is from the wood chips in the planters. I love it--it does smell like a cedar forest. They had just put "new" chips on one of the paths the first time I was there (staying in the Paddock) and it was very strong. Not as strong in March/April but could still smell it.

Oh, and I love SSR too! I have a December reservation for BCV but am worried that I'm not gonna like it after SSR!

SorcererHeidi
06-02-2009, 07:43 PM
Hi There -

Tried to book a 1-bedroom today at OKW for early December, and was SHOCKED that NOTHING was available there! I've stayed at OKW numerous times, so am used to the "spread out" feeling - matter of fact, I prefer the Turtle Pond area there over the Peninsular Road area.

The ONLY 1-bedroom available for all my nights was at Saratoga Springs, so I'm here on the Saratago thread, looking for some help. :) I've only ridden by there by boat enroute to DTD, and only been on property there once, to eat dinner at the Turf Club - which was EXCELLENT by the way!

Anyway - even though there were Downtown Disney views available, I asked for "close to the main area" - that would be Springs, I would guess? Is it true that Springs is the last bus stop? Since it appears it will be VERY busy - would you think we would have to stand on most buses? If it's the last going to the parks - is it the first coming back? I also did nto choose the DTD view because I figure we won't be home much to really enjoy it - doing Osborne Lights, MVMCP, and Candlelight Processional at least 3 of the 6 nights there, and will be "resort hopping" to see the Xmas decorations at least another night. I also requested top floor because I'm a light sleeper, and don't want anybody trouncing over my head - been there, done that - especially in OKW under a Grand Villa with the hardwood floors - NOT fun! LOL. Anyway - will "main area" still be fairly quiet? Any and all help/tips/advice you could give me I would DEFINITELY appreciate!

I am usually a lurker here, but have found everybody to be friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Oh - another question - LOL - do they still have a "model" set up at SSR? What is it now - is it still AKL, or is it maybe now BLT or THV?

Thanx in advance!!

mimmiepnp
06-02-2009, 07:48 PM
We just got back from VWL on Saturday but was missing my SSR.........

Deb & Bill
06-02-2009, 07:48 PM
Heidi - At SSR, they have models for both AKV and BLT, plus an architectural model of THV.

We stayed at SSR last week for one night and had a great stay. We were in the Springs, right near the bus stop and never had a problem getting on the bus. Our room was very quiet - no noise from the bus or from our neighbors.

SorcererHeidi
06-02-2009, 08:39 PM
Thanx Deb and Bill -

Was worried about "standing room only" on the bus if it's going to be crazy busy, like it seems it would be, since there was no 1-BR availability for that time frame at OKW. I have some "walking and standding issues" at times. And - since the friends I'm taking with me call me "The Disney Guru" :), I want to try and make everything as "perfect" as possible.

BTW - being a long-tme lurker, yours are one of the names I have always found to be extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and always willing to help!! :)

Mimmie -

Funny you should say that - I was fortunate enoiugh to stay at VWL for the first time this past Jan., and I absolutely fell in LOVE with the place! Had a WONDERFUL corner room overlooking Sturdy Branches - so not too far from the elevator, and I wish I could paint my apartment the same color as the neat red wall behind the vanity! :rotfl: Maybe I'll fall in love with Saratoga, since you stayed at VWL and missed SSR? :)

tomandrobin
06-02-2009, 09:00 PM
Anyway - even though there were Downtown Disney views available, I asked for "close to the main area" - that would be Springs, I would guess? Is it true that Springs is the last bus stop? Since it appears it will be VERY busy - would you think we would have to stand on most buses? If it's the last going to the parks - is it the first coming back? I also did nto choose the DTD view because I figure we won't be home much to really enjoy it - doing Osborne Lights, MVMCP, and Candlelight Processional at least 3 of the 6 nights there, and will be "resort hopping" to see the Xmas decorations at least another night. I also requested top floor because I'm a light sleeper, and don't want anybody trouncing over my head - been there, done that - especially in OKW under a Grand Villa with the hardwood floors - NOT fun! LOL. Anyway - will "main area" still be fairly quiet? Any and all help/tips/advice you could give me I would DEFINITELY appreciate!

I am usually a lurker here, but have found everybody to be friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Oh - another question - LOL - do they still have a "model" set up at SSR? What is it now - is it still AKL, or is it maybe now BLT or THV?

Thanx in advance!!

Yes the Springs is the last stop....coming and going to the parks. The only time I really see the bus stop backed is early in the morning....at peak times of the year. But even then its so-so.

The rooms at SSR are very quiet, very insulated from the outside. We stayed in the Springs section in February. Our room faced the music hall, where the buses drive-by after the Springs stop. We slept like babies every night. Just make sure you take the thermostat bypass instructions with you.

SorcererHeidi
06-02-2009, 09:10 PM
Tom and Robin -

Thanx for your post. The thermostat bypass instructions - that's the ones whre you push "power" and "temp down" at the same time, wait for the "bp" t come up, then set to whatever temp you want, right? Would be helpful for me, even in Dec., since I'm always hot, and semi-mental-pausal. :)

So - "main area" (or Springs) is a good "location pick" for a SSR newbie?

Also - forgot to ask in other posts - are the sofa beds in the living rooms in the 1-BR's there the new "memory foam" ones where the cushions stay on, like vWL or BWV? I slept on one of the old "bar in the back" ones at OKW this past Jan., and actually didn't find it to be all that bad, but since I'm gving the master BR to my friends (who have agreed to share the king size bed), I'd like to hope for the "newer" sleeper sofa. :)

Lynn5700
06-02-2009, 09:41 PM
We love SSR!!!! I think the place is gorgeous. We stayed in Congress Park. So awesome to have a view of DTD.

DoOverDreams
06-02-2009, 10:08 PM
We love SSR too! We just got back from another wonderful trip down there. It's so quiet and peaceful. We did a good bit of walking around this trip and I kept saying to DH that I couldn't understand how so many people seem to really really have negative feelings about SSR. It is so beautiful!

We are going back down in a couple of weeks for another long weekend and I just can't wait. I am so looking forward to sleeping in, relaxing, leisurely strolls around the lovely grounds....and a wonderful manicure and peppermint pedicure at the spa! :goodvibes

tomandrobin
06-03-2009, 06:26 AM
Tom and Robin -

Thanx for your post. The thermostat bypass instructions - that's the ones whre you push "power" and "temp down" at the same time, wait for the "bp" t come up, then set to whatever temp you want, right? Would be helpful for me, even in Dec., since I'm always hot, and semi-mental-pausal. :)

So - "main area" (or Springs) is a good "location pick" for a SSR newbie?

Also - forgot to ask in other posts - are the sofa beds in the living rooms in the 1-BR's there the new "memory foam" ones where the cushions stay on, like vWL or BWV? I slept on one of the old "bar in the back" ones at OKW this past Jan., and actually didn't find it to be all that bad, but since I'm gving the master BR to my friends (who have agreed to share the king size bed), I'd like to hope for the "newer" sleeper sofa. :)

There are two different bypass settings.....

If you would like to set the temperature in your room for 24 hours:

1. Push the Power/On-Off button and the Down Arrow at the same time.

2. If you do this correctly, "bp" will appear on the readout.

3. Now you can set the temperature.


If you would like to set the temperature in your room for 3-4 days:

1. Press the Power/On-Off button and the Fan/On-Auto buttons (the top two buttons) at the same time.

2. Press the Power/On-Off button and the Down Arrow (as indicated above) at the same time.

3. If you do this correctly, "bp" will appear on the readout.

4. You can then adjust the temperature to your desired setting.

The main area is fine. I prefer the Grandstand, staying in the first two buildings. But the Springs is very good location to the main pool, lobby, Artist Pallet, the community hall and arcade. Those traveling with small children or those who want to take full advantage or SSR amenities, The Springs is a good choice. The boat to DTD is right behind the Turf Club, also an easy walk.

SSR has the newer sofa beds, a big improvement over the "old" foam mattresses.

groverdog
06-03-2009, 06:57 AM
We love SSR!! My best weeks at WDW are when I can spend a few days at and BWV and then on to SSR. I love everything about the resort. I love to walk the grounds and then on to DTD before it gets too hot. It is so peaceful and beautiful. I don't care where I stay, really, my favorite is Congress Park or Grandstand but my last visit was in Carosel and it was lovely. I love the location, a stroll in the evening to the Marketplace is just wonderful.
You are not crazy!

momx2
06-03-2009, 03:08 PM
Hi There -

Tried to book a 1-bedroom today at OKW for early December, and was SHOCKED that NOTHING was available there! I've stayed at OKW numerous times, so am used to the "spread out" feeling - matter of fact, I prefer the Turtle Pond area there over the Peninsular Road area.

The ONLY 1-bedroom available for all my nights was at Saratoga Springs, so I'm here on the Saratago thread, looking for some help. :) I've only ridden by there by boat enroute to DTD, and only been on property there once, to eat dinner at the Turf Club - which was EXCELLENT by the way!

Anyway - even though there were Downtown Disney views available, I asked for "close to the main area" - that would be Springs, I would guess? Is it true that Springs is the last bus stop? Since it appears it will be VERY busy - would you think we would have to stand on most buses? If it's the last going to the parks - is it the first coming back? I also did nto choose the DTD view because I figure we won't be home much to really enjoy it - doing Osborne Lights, MVMCP, and Candlelight Processional at least 3 of the 6 nights there, and will be "resort hopping" to see the Xmas decorations at least another night. I also requested top floor because I'm a light sleeper, and don't want anybody trouncing over my head - been there, done that - especially in OKW under a Grand Villa with the hardwood floors - NOT fun! LOL. Anyway - will "main area" still be fairly quiet? Any and all help/tips/advice you could give me I would DEFINITELY appreciate!

I am usually a lurker here, but have found everybody to be friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Oh - another question - LOL - do they still have a "model" set up at SSR? What is it now - is it still AKL, or is it maybe now BLT or THV?

Thanx in advance!!

Yes, this morning it was standing room only by the time we got to the Springs. We always request the Grandstand area because we love it so. It has a great pool with water spout play area and a pool bar with a drink refill stand. It is also only a 2-3 minute walk to the main area. Grandstands has the first bus stop pick up and the first bus drop off, so we always have a seat.

SorcererHeidi
06-03-2009, 03:18 PM
Tom and Robin and Momx2 -

Thanx so much for the the gereat advice on the Granstand area - the more I hear and read the more I think I will call and request that area vs. The Springs, especially since it seems it will be busy then.

Mom - Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Tom/Rboin - Thanx so much too for the thermostate bypass directions, and the "good news" on the new sofa beds there! :)

Enjoying reading so many happy owners there too - was a bit hesitant about having to stay at SSR, but am getting more and mre excited about it! :):banana:

shortbusmom
06-03-2009, 03:39 PM
We also love SSR, the homey feel along with the short walk over to downtown disney makes it a pleasure to stay at. Everyone there are so wonderful and treat you like you belong there also own at AK but love SSR best

Deb & Bill
06-03-2009, 08:55 PM
...Also - forgot to ask in other posts - are the sofa beds in the living rooms in the 1-BR's there the new "memory foam" ones where the cushions stay on, like vWL or BWV? I slept on one of the old "bar in the back" ones at OKW this past Jan., and actually didn't find it to be all that bad, but since I'm gving the master BR to my friends (who have agreed to share the king size bed), I'd like to hope for the "newer" sleeper sofa. :)

The sleeper sofa at SSR is the memory foam type on a platform. The cushions come off the bed. These are similar to the newer ones at OKW.

JasonDVC
06-03-2009, 10:16 PM
"Am I crazy for loving SSR?"

The fact that this question is asked tells you where SSR ranks with other DVC resorts

La2kw
06-03-2009, 10:34 PM
After OKW, SSR is our second favorite resort. It's a great resort and we love the furnishings in those rooms. We're heading back this July.

Deb & Bill
06-04-2009, 07:35 AM
"Am I crazy for loving SSR?"

The fact that this question is asked tells you where SSR ranks with other DVC resorts

You left off "with some members". Lots of members love SSR.

Dreamfinder2
06-04-2009, 02:22 PM
You left off "with some members". Lots of members love SSR.

If there is a more polarizing DVC property than SSR I'm not aware of it.

That's why they make Fords and Chevrolets and Nissans, 'cause not everybody likes the same thing. Fortunately, I don't see many of the type of posts I saw when SSR first opened - you know, those that said, "I'm glad you like SSR. But you're an idiot, and if you were as enlightened as I and thousands of other DVC members are, and had the same exquisite tastes as I do, you'd admit you're an idiot." ;)

With one exception, I like every DVC property about the same. But I'd stay in my least favorite DVC spot in a heartbeat.